Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CULVER CITY, Calif. (KGO) --

Netflix and other streaming video services could end up being taxed, but a state assemblyman has a bill that will stop that.

The bill would prevent utility taxes on streaming media companies for the next five years.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Multiple California cities began exploring whether to tax consumers for watching Netflix and other streaming video services last year, and now a Los Angeles lawmaker wants to ban the idea.

Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, a Democrat, has introduced Assembly Bill 252, which would prohibit cities from implementing so-called “Netflix taxes.” Pasadena and other cities have been weighing whether to extend existing taxes on cable-television subscribers to those who used video-streaming services.

Friday, February 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas announced legislation to temporarily prohibit cities and counties from extending a utility use tax on video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.  AB 252, the Streaming Tax Relief of Entertainment And Movies (STREAM) Act of 2017, takes an important step in safeguarding California's position as the undisputed leader in high tech innovation. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

STATE CAPITOL, Calif. – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas introduced legislation that would expand the current definition of a “state of emergency” to now include homelessness. With the expanded definition, the proposed bill, AB 220, would allow the state to provide more resources toward fighting homelessness.

“The rapid growth of individuals living without housing has accelerated dramatically and is threatening California’s economic stability,” said Ridley-Thomas. “Communities statewide have erroneously been forced to deal with the burden of a homeless crisis on their own, which endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including men, women, youth, and seniors. It’s time for the State of California to step in and pull their weight toward a permanent solution to end homelessness.” said Ridley-Thomas.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown predicted last fall that new legislation and administrative actions essential to preserving the state's ambitious climate strategy would give him leverage to negotiate a cap-and-trade extension.

"They're going to get commands to do things," Brown said, directing his remarks at the state's powerful business interests, "and they're going to plead for a market system called cap and trade so they can respond in a way that's more beneficial to their bottom line."

Now, the Democratic governor is urging lawmakers to renew the cap-and-trade program amid signs his forecast was prophetic. Soon after Brown released his proposal this month, the Western States Petroleum Association indicated that the oil industry prefers the flexibility of a market mechanism to more burdensome policies also being contemplated to reduce greenhouse gases.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

California legislative leaders announced they will defend the state’s diversity, science and economic accomplishments after Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon called California a refuge of justice and opportunity for all people and an example for other states to follow.

Monday, January 16, 2017

More than 200,000 people were expected to line Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Monday for the Kingdom Day Parade in honor of the civil rights leader.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, served as grand marshal for the 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade. Waters' House colleagues were set to join her in the parade include Reps. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Nanette Barragan, D-San Pedro, according to organizers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

(Sacramento) – Journalist, syndicated columnist, author and NewsOneNow TV host Roland S. Martin delivered the keynote address at the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Martin Luther King, Junior/Civil Rights breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center. The CLBC holds the event each year to honor the legacy of Dr. King and the Caucus’ relentless commitment to community service in the black community. Watch his address in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coming off a resounding reelection victory, 54th Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas kicked off the New Year with renewed energy and dedicated focus. Committed to delivering results, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas plans to put forward a comprehensive legislative package that will ensure all residents of the 54th Assembly District have the tools, resources and level playing field needed to compete in California’s changing economy.

Starting with education as a critical focus area, Mr. Ridley-Thomas introduced AB 23 to authorize and protect the establishment of single gender academies and educational programs, immediately after being sworn to serve another two-year term. This legislation will protect Los Angeles Unified School District’s Girls Academic Leadership Academy’s (GALA) model and facilitate the opening of GALA’s counterpart, the Boys Academic Leadership Academy.  Previous research has credited single gender schools for building a greater level of confidence among young women to pursue STEM related courses and similarly for young men who pursue courses focused in the arts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

STATE CAPITOL-Los Angeles-based Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas issued the following statement on the release of Governor Edmund G. Brown’s proposed state budget for fiscal year 2017-2018:

“Governor Brown’s budget significantly retreats from important gains made since California emerging out of the great recession, continuing to ignore the homelessness crisis across the state and in Greater Los Angeles. Delayed funding for promised education enhancements (Local Control Funding Formula deferrals) as well as removing $400 million for permanent supportive housing exacerbates living conditions for the nearly 14,000 homeless students and families of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the nearly 50,000 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County.”